SAN Juan scored an 87-77 win over Paranaque on Wednesday night to stay in second spot in the northern division of the MPBL Datu Cup at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Rizal stunned Imus, 85-73, to keep its flickering hopes for a playoff berth alive.
Playing without top gun John Wilson, the Knights got a boost from Larry Rodriguez and Larry Muyang.
Rodriguez had 18 points and seven rebounds while Muyang had a double-double of 11 points and 10 boards.
Mac Cardona had another solid showing by producing 17 markers for the Knights, who picked up their 17th win in 21 games, matching the Manila Stars.
Bataan leads qith a 17-2 record. San Juan defeated Manila in the elimination round earlier and thus takes second spot in the standings.
Only eight teams per division will advance to the quarterfinal round with the top four getting home court advantage.